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The Goods: Downed in Calgary

Sunday, 12.02.2012 / 1:40 AM / Features
By Derek Jory
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The Goods: Downed in Calgary
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VANCOUVER CANUCKS
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They came, they saw, they rallied, they earned a point.

The goal was eight points, but the Vancouver Canucks are more than happy to settle with seven after earning a single point in a 3-2 shootout loss to the Calgary Flames Saturday night at the Scotiabank Saddledome in the finale of Hockey Day in Canada.

The Canucks ended a four-game road trip dropping a 2-1 decision in a shootout; Alex Burrows was the lone Vancouver player to score while Alex Edler and Mason Raymond were both thwarted.

This was the fifth time in the last six outings the Canucks have needed overtime or a shootout to settle things, but the way they got there perhaps eases any pain of the loss.

Calgary didn’t have a shot until the 8:45 mark of the first period, yet still managed to open the scoring with 2:37
remaining before intermission.

The Flames took a 2-0 lead 2:41 into the second period and although time was on the Canucks' side, it was now or never. They flicked the switch and Vancouver outshot
Calgary 9-5 in the frame with Cody Hodgson scoring late to cut the lead in half.

Circles, big ones, that’s what the Canucks skated around the Flames over the final 20 minutes; they outchanced them, outshot them 12-6 and outscored them 1-0 thanks to
David Booth’s ninth goal of the season.

Booth scored midway through the period and even though there were scoring chances at both end, Roberto Luongo and Miikka Kiprusoff held up their ends of the bargain to
force overtime.

Again? More like again, again, again, again, again x 10.

Surprisingly the five-minute extra period was the best hockey of the night as the teams were hit with a minor penalty each allowing for 3-on-3 hockey. The razzle dazzle was all
for naught as a shootout was needed and the Flames were one goal better.

This was the outing in 20 games the Canucks trailed a game 2-0, ironically the last time was also versus the Flames in Calgary 49 days ago, also in defeat.

The loss snaps a few streaks for Vancouver: the Canucks had won five consecutive road games and captured five straight victories in Calgary coming in. Ryan Kesler was also
held without a goal for the first time in six games and Henrik Sedin without a point for the first time in six as well.

The Canucks now return home to host the Phoenix Coyotes, Colorado Avalanche and Toronto Maple Leafs over the next week in three of their only four home games during February.

RULES OF THE PRESS BOX
Never imagined I'd have to comment on a sombrero in the press box. The rule is simple: NO. To be clear: NO. Unless...NO!
Tweet of the night - "Camaleri must have read #scottgomez book- My Greatest Goals of the past 12 Months. #Canucks
#ThinnestSportsBooks" - @Dannofc10. It was a goal against Vancouver, but this tweet is priceless.
Hit parade - The Canucks delivered four inadvertent hits against the Canucks: Lapierre on Kesler,
Hansen on Raymond, Bitz on Hansen and Hamhuis on Luongo. #whoopsiedoodle.
Kesler or D. Sedin? - Ryan Kesler is 1 power play goal from moving into 10th in franchise history for power play goals, while
Daniel Sedin is 1 power play goal from moving into 2nd in franchise history for power play goals. Who scores it first?
77 and counting... - Calgary is the only team left in the NHL that has not scored a short-handed goal. The last time
the Flames scored a short-handed marker was 77 games ago during the Heritage Classic.